Milwaukee Cable Drive Assembly for Switch Pack Sectional Drum System
The Milwaukee Cable Drive Assembly (MCA) is one of the most popular types of equipment used in the construction industry. They are used in many industries such as manufacturing, mining, oil & gas exploration, agriculture and others. MCA’s have been around since the late 1800s when they were first invented by George L.
Kline of New York City. Since then they have become very popular and are still manufactured today.
Milwaukee Cable Drive Assembly (MCA) is made up of two parts: the drive gearbox and the drive belt assembly. The drive gearbox consists of several gears which move a sprocket wheel inside the housing to spin a chain attached to another sprocket wheel. The drive belt assembly consists of three belts connected together with pulleys.
These pulleys allow the driveshaft to rotate at different speeds depending on whether it is being driven by a motor or not.
Over the years, MCA’s have become more powerful and efficient. Most types of MCA’s are classified by their sizes, which range from 1/50 to 5. The larger the size of the MCA, the greater its power and strength.
The most popular types of MCA’s are size 3’s and 4’s, which are commonly found in the construction industry. There are several different types of cable drive assemblies: foot mounted, suspended loop, overhead line and remote stations.
The MCA is able to lift heavy materials easier than any other method of lifting in situations where it is more efficient to do so. This makes the MCA an essential part of many companies and industries. If you need a new or replacement drum, sprocket wheel assembly or gears, visit our online parts store for information on the latest MCA parts and gearboxes.
If you need new or replacement parts for your MCA, you can browse our website and see what we have available. If you don’t see the part that you need, feel free to contact us with information about it. New parts are constantly being added to our inventory so if you don’t see the part that you need now, there is a good chance that we will have it soon.
In addition to new replacement parts, we also repair older MCA’s. If you need your drum, sprocket wheel assembly or other parts repaired, let us know and we will fix it for you. We only use the best quality parts that are made to last and come with a one year guarantee.
Cable drive assemblies consist of two main parts; the gearbox and the belt assembly. The gearbox is fixed to the ground and contains the drive motor. The belt assembly consists of three belts that wrap around the outside of the drum.
The largest belt drives the bottom of the drum, while the other two wrap around the outer edge of the drum and are driven by the bottom belt. This set up allows for a lot of design flexibility, since all three belts can be configured to run at different speeds. The cable is attached to the top of the belt assembly, and travels up above the drum before descending again toward the load. This is known as a looped drive.
When the motor turns the belt assembly, it causes the drum to turn as well. As the drum rotates, the cable is pulled up and over the top of the drum before descending down toward the load on the opposite side. As the cable is pulled through the pulleys, it forces the load to rise.
The drum can be rotated by hand in either direction to raise or lower the load.
The drum is turned in the opposite direction in order to lock the load in place. This is known as “free-wheeling” and can be done whether the drum is turning or not. A braking system is incorporated into the free-wheeling mechanism which allows the drum to be locked in place when it is turning slowly.
The brakes are released by turning the drum in the opposite direction, which causes them to clamp onto the sides of the drum.
The main advantages of the cable drive are its ability to provide a large amount of power in a small, light weight package and its ease of use. The drum is capable of lifting large amounts of weight with a small motor, making it more efficient than other methods. This simplicity and efficiency has made the MCA one of the most widely used pieces of equipment in the construction industry.
The main disadvantage is that it requires at least two people to operate, making it less efficient for one person jobs.
The MCA is just one of many industrial lifts that we carry at Big Red Toolbox. Whether you need a light duty desk lift, or a heavy duty MCA, we have what you’re looking for. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us.
We can custom build most of our lifts to suit your particular application.
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